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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Trickster by Christina Bauer


Trickster
(Angelbound Lincoln, #3)
Author: Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication Date: February 25th, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal

Book Description:
***A hilarious adventure after the events of Angelbound SCALA … and it’s all from Prince Lincoln’s point of view!!!***

With the drama of the Ghost Towers and Lucifer’s Orb behind them, Lincoln looks forward to sharing some quality time with Myla. Maybe they’ll even do a ‘regular couple thing’ like a dinner date. Or they could kill more demons together. Lincoln isn’t picky.

Then a trickster gets loose inside Antrum. And by trickster, we’re talking a giant orange monkey with magical powers and a love of causing drama with uptight thrax.

Looks like date night is on hold.

Author’s Note To Readers: You can read this book after Angelbound Origins SCALA or not. I wrote it to work either way.

Author’s Note to Self: Why do I write things out of sequence? Wasn’t SCALA published a while ago? To which I say to myself: self, this is how our gift works. Just be happy it does. And go eat more cookies. We like those.

ANGELBOUND LINCOLN
1. Duty Bound
2. Lincoln
3. Trickster
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About the Author
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

BOOK REVIEW - House on the Hill: A Cat and Mouse Adventure by Karen Lee Field

House on the Hill
Series: A Cat and Mouse Adventure
Author: Karen Lee Field
Genre: Middle Grade Action & Adventure
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019

Book Description:
Eleven-year-old twins, Cat and Mouse, crave adventure but when the school bully talks them into taking a ride on a dodgy-looking canoe, they know it can only lead to disaster. Proven right, they must learn how to deal with the bully and the man who lives in the sinister house on the hill.

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MY REVIEW

Twins Angus and Cat, along with Angus's best friend, Del, find themselves in a bit of a bother while seeking adventure when school bully, Bradley, challenges them to take a ride down the river in a rusty canoe. The gang soon realise their mistake when their canoe capsizes and they are left stranded with a bully and having to evade capture by the stranger who lives in the isolated house on the hill.

For the most part, this book was an enjoyable read. I liked the characters. I thought the author gave an authentic portrayal of preadolescent kids full of adrenaline and an excitement for life. I didn't like the ending. It was somewhat underwhelming in the sense that the suspense that was built up throughout the story wasn't afforded a climactic ending, particularly with the inclusion of the second resident of the house on the hill, the identity of whom further undermined the threat of danger. The story certainly demonstrated how wild a child's imagination can be, but I thought the plot could have turned out in a way to better complement the imagination of the protagonists.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable and quick read.

VERDICT:


SILVER

Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via author

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - It Was Always You by S.L. Sterling

It Was Always You
Author: S.L. Sterling
Publication Date: March 28th, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Fresh out of an abusive relationship, Tatum packs up and goes to live closer to her brother.

A new life. New beginnings.

But when Parker – her college sweetheart – comes back around she’s immediately divided between trying again or protecting her damaged heart.

Parker hasn’t been able to get Tatum off his mind since the night he walked out of her life. Eight years of one night stands, along with sleepless nights, and the pain of losing her has virtually faded. But now she’s moving back to town and all the emotions of the past come crashing in to drive him back to her.

Ex-boyfriends are real, though.

And hers becomes obsessed.

Tatum and Parker’s rekindled love will be tested to its limits.

And worlds may come crashing down.

Only 99¢ for a limited time!

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Abyss Trilogy by A.C. Ward

Avoiding the Abyss
(The Abyss Trilogy, #1)
Author: A.C. Ward
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
Genre: YA Dystopian / Fantasy

Book Description:
Aubrey has always been told she isn’t special.

If only that had remained true.

Aubrey grew up as part of the rebel movement, protected but lonely. All she wants is her mother’s love, but without an ability she’s worthless in her mother’s eyes.

When she’s captured by the government, Aubrey sees an opportunity to prove her worth. Instead, she realizes that her mother has been withholding many truths. Aubrey experiences an acceptance outside of the rebels that her heart has yearned for, and a discovery. She has an immunity that has never been seen before.

But Aubrey isn’t immune, she’s absorbing powers as the key to the Abyss—a portal into the demon realm. Her mother finally sees purpose in her daughter and hopes to use it for her cause. Aubrey isn’t as certain. If she doesn’t gain control of her ability, she’ll open the gateway to hell and destroy everyone she’s come to care about. Including herself.

The first installment in the Abyss trilogy, a coming of age YA dystopian fantasy. Perfect for fans of dystopian worlds, apocalyptic prophesies, and demon lore.

Download now to find out if Aubrey will succeed in Avoiding the Abyss.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Cover Reveal - King of Hearts by R.H. Tucker


King of Hearts
(Kings of Karmichael, #1)
Author: R.H. Tucker
Publication Date: December 5th, 2019
Genre: YA Romance

Book Description:
Derrik Tyler has it all. He’s a world-famous rock star with a legion of adoring fans and has obtained teen idol status. He even has a Hollywood starlet who wants nothing more than to be the only girl in his life. It’s a publicity stunt only his band knows about, but that’s not detracting her from trying to turn their fake relationship into a real one. Yep, he has it all. Except the girl who stole his heart before his life turned into a rock n’ roll rollercoaster.

Zoey Jacobs has been friends with Derrik and the Kings of Karmichael, since before they became the hottest band in the world. She even dated Derrik before he was known as the King of Hearts—the biggest teen heartthrob in the last decade. But that’s all in the past. She’s just a few short months away from graduating high school and moving on to college.

When spring break rolls around, Derrik invites Zoey along for the last leg of the band’s tour. What should be an amazing road trip turns into Derrik’s personal mission to win back his first love. But can two people from different worlds reignite a past relationship, or is a teen icon and a future college freshman too big of a gap to cross?

King of Hearts is the first book in the Kings of Karmichael series. The series is interconnected, but each book can be read as a standalone.

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About the Author
RH Tucker writes cute & edgy YA romance. He also lives in Southern California, consumes too much caffeine, eats too much pizza, and firmly believes Rocky Road is the best flavor of ice cream.

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Unravel You by Diana A. Hicks

Unravel You
(Cole Brothers, #1)
Author: Diana A. Hicks
Publication Date: November 18th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
UNRAVEL YOU is the enthralling sequel to LOVE OVER LATTES and can be read as a standalone. It is also book one in the Cole Brothers series, a new family saga, binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months.

College graduate Valentina never expected to fall for the hot as hell and intimidating Derek Cole when she accepted his offer to rent his property.

From cottage to mansion, Valentina is certain she doesn’t deserve the fairytale unfolding. But Derek gets what he wants… and he wants her.

He’s “the one” for her, but before she says I do, she has to survive a month long trip to his family’s estate in Atlanta. Gaining approval from four brothers and an over-protective mother might just be her hardest test yet.

For billionaire Derek Cole, this homecoming is a chance to mend the damage he caused when he walked away from the family business.

Just when they think they have a handle on their happily ever after… their past and future collide.

Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Can be read as a standalone.

Praise for LOVE OVER LATTES:
“Hicks’ first installment of her Desert Monsoon series is confident and assured with strong storytelling, nuanced characters, and a dynamic blend of romance and suspense…A sexy and irresistible tale for fans of contemporary romance.” – Kirkus Reviews

Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series.
Unravel You, Book 1 (Derek and Valentina) – 11/18/2019
Provoke You, Book 2 (Matt and Ela) – 12/16/2019
Escape You, Book 3 (Tyler and Mia) – 1/13/2020
Unleash You, Book 4 (Wesley and Anabelle) – 2/10/2020
Defy You, Book 5 (Zack and Rebecca) – 3/9/2020

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Friday, 15 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Just Alex by Angela Flowers

Just Alex
Author: Angela Flowers
Publication Date: November 15th, 2019
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Xander Stone is one of the hottest popstars in the world. His songs are on every radio station. His face graces the cover of every top magazine, especially the tabloids.

Everyone adores him.

Except me.

I hate him.

Xander Stone took away the one person I care about more than anything. My best friend.

Oh, and the real kicker? Xander Stone is my best friend. At least he was at one time. Back when he was just Alex.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Skin and Bone by Keary Taylor

Skin and Bone
Author: Keary Taylor
Publication Date: November 12th, 2019
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
I’d do anything for him, even become the woman he loves…

HER
I tried my best for years, but all he ever wanted was for her to come back. So bit-by-bit, I evolved, transforming into someone he could love. But he didn’t take the bait until I went all the way.

I became her.

Now everything is perfect. We’re happy. So in love. And he doesn’t suspect a thing.

SAWYER
Someone claiming my name sent me a video. It looks to be me, returning to my hometown, reconnecting with my high school boyfriend, Ezra. Those are my clothes, that’s my laugh, and that’s my face.

She took my freedom next. And then she made me watch as she took over my entire life, fooling everyone like a perfect chameleon. It’s clear what she wants, and Ezra is all too quick to take me back.

Only one person seems to notice something is off. Ezra’s brother, Davis—the last person I called. There’s a certain darkness in Davis’ eyes, and he’s not the type to let up until he gets his answers.

Somehow, I’ll make her pay. This imposter is going to regret the day she ever took the name Sawyer James.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - A Whole New Duke by Samantha Holt

A Whole New Duke
Author: Samantha Holt
Publication Date: November 10th, 2019
Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Book Description:
The Dark Duke they call him.

And he certainly matches up to his name. From his looks to his constantly furrowed brow, Miss Beatrice Edgerton is under no illusions as to the status of their arranged marriage.

It will be very much one of convenience. With him conveniently providing the title her family so desperately wants and her family bringing in plenty of money for his dilapidated home. She is simply grateful he is younger than her first husband.

Lord Morton, Duke of Hartwich, is only a little perturbed by the vibrant Beatrice. After all, he sets her straight from the very first day of their marriage—this is one of mutual benefit. In one way only. She can expect no affection or romance from him.

Because, frankly, he is incapable of such things. Being a one-legged duke with a slightly dark past brings enough challenges without him having to worry about a wife too. His days of concern for anyone are long gone.

Unfortunately, It is not only the duke’s dark demeanor she has to deal with. Someone is trying to cause trouble for them but they cannot fathom who or why.

Grace is determined to make the best of the situation, even whilst spending Christmas with the duke alone in the eerie Hartwich Hall. Why, perhaps she might even be able to change the duke’s mind about their relationship.

Especially after they share a fiery kiss…or three…

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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - No Broken Beast by Nicole Snow

No Broken Beast
Author: Nicole Snow
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Fierce. Scarred. Ginormous grump.
And I have to tell him he’s a father…

Brilliant life decisions—falling for the bad guy.
Leo damn Regis. Hated scourge of Heart’s Edge.
A wall with arms and legs. Hercules dipped in ink. Incandescent looks.
The legend, the outlaw, the boy I loved.

But the man they call “Nine” isn’t the villain they think.
He saved my life and seared my heart once upon a messed up time.
We planned our great escape. He made promises in diamond.
Then the fiery truth said Nope to our Ever After.

I’m not here to kiss and make up. I’m looking for my missing sister.
One hulking, gravel-voiced man has the clues.
Ugh. I so don’t need Leo’s protection.
Don’t even get me started on his oh-so-secret past.

The best part? He doesn’t have a clue what I’m hiding.
It’s got ten little fingers and ten little toes and eyes just like his.
I’m no beauty. He’s too beast. Fun times ahead.
They say you can’t run forever.
Sometimes you stand. Sometimes you fight.
And sometimes an unbroken hero barges back in to lay down the law…

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow – old promises and jaw-dropping secrets collide in a small town love-storm. A punished mountain of a man retakes the girl who hasn’t told him he’s a dad. Surprise! Full-length romance novel with a Happily Ever After that’s even crazier than you think.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Forged by Fire by Danielle Annett

Forged by Fire
(Blood and Magic, #6)
Author: Danielle Annett
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2019
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
I thought I’d get a break. Maybe catch some R&R.
Boy, was I wrong.
My best friend is still MIA.
My foe turned friend—Inarus—is safe, maybe. Though he’s anything but sound.
And now Melody, my Harpy gal pal—is missing, leaving behind a trail of blood like some macabre Hansel and Gretel.

I’m still trying to figure out how to balance being a mercenary, and the mate of the Alpha of Pacific Northwest Pack, and the cherry on the flipping sundae that is my life, is a string of attacks against the Pack’s Clan houses.

Something is off about these attacks.
The assailants are hopped up on Harpy blood.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences. Someone kidnapped Melody and they’re using her to go after the Pack.
I’ll give you three guesses who it is, but you’ll only need one.
The HAC is behind everything, and my mother is behind them. It’s the fight I always knew was coming, but this time only one of us will survive.

BLOOD & MAGIC: THE COMPLETE SERIES
CURSED BY FIRE (#1)
KISSED BY FIRE (#2)
BURNED BY FIRE (#3)
BRANDED BY FIRE (#4)
CONSUMED BY FIRE (#5)
FORGED BY FIRE (#6)

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Cover Reveal - Sister of Embers & Echoes by Annie Anderson


Sister of Embers & Echoes
(Rogue Ethereal, #4)
Author: Annie Anderson
Publication Date: January 17th, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Demons, murder, and a trip straight to Hell…

I thought I’d get a little time off before the veritable poop hit the fan, but fate — or rather the Fates — have other ideas. The witch who tried to have my sister possessed has escaped, and not only do I find him dead, but I don’t have a clue who he was working with. Or working for…

Now I have a Council Member in human jail, a ragtag bunch of stuffy law-abiders to lead, and a solid inkling that the next person on the chopping block is me.

All of that would be bad enough, but I’ve got bigger problems. Maria isn’t quite right after a demon almost stole her body, and I have a hunch it’s going to require a trip to Hell to get it fixed.

Time to sharpen my athames, vacation time is over.

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About the Author
Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she'll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life... interesting.

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Guest Post by Invaluable - The Top 10 Elements of Gothic Literature

Gothic literature as a genre appeared as a subsection of Romanticism in the 18th-century and has enthralled readers with chilling stories of death and romance since then. Gothic authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, and Bram Stoker used similar themes that defined the genre. These gothic themes provide great inspiration for writing or reading your own creepy literature.

  • Mystery and Fear
  • Supernatural and Paranormal Activity
  • Atmosphere and Setting
  • Omens and Curses
  • Anti-hero
  • Romance
  • Nightmares
  • Villain
  • Emotional Distress
  • Damsel in Distress

For a wider look at some of these elements, this guide from Invaluable highlights how famous writers have used central themes of Gothic literature in their stories. Whether you're participating in National Novel Writing Month and are looking for inspiration, or just want to pick up some spooky reads, dive into these themes to learn more about this bewitching genre.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Dark One’s Bride by Aldrea Alien

Dark One’s Bride
(Dark One’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Aldrea Alien
Publication Date: October 31st, 2019
Genre: YA Gothic Romance

Book Description:
A royal wedding. A fiery heroine. And a brazen act of sabotage that could topple a kingdom.

It has been five months since Clarabelle Weaver saved the life of the infamous Great Lord and happily accepted his unexpected marriage proposal. With their wedding less than a week away, she is finally stepping into the unfamiliar world beyond her village to face nobility she never knew existed.

But it’s not only them who are interested in her presence.

The enemy is also stirring for this historic occasion. Their focus not on the man they see as their reviled “Dark Lord”, but on her as the young woman who supposedly carries his heir.

Clara must weave a path through attempted assassinations and poisonings whilst also proving to the court that she’s suitable to become their ruler’s Great Lady… all before taking their vows. But has her training prepared her for an attack that could send the kingdom into war?


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Friday, 1 November 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Princes of the Lower East Side by Meredith Allison

Princes of the Lower East Side
(A Scalisi Family Novel, #2)
Author: Meredith Allison
Publication Date: October 28th, 2019
Genre: Adult Historical Thriller

Book Description:
Mia Scalisi returns in this highly anticipated follow-up to Blood & Whiskey!

Sicily is a paradise on earth Mia Angela Scalisi doesn’t want to leave, but after over a year of peace, obligations—like being Hyman Goldberg’s It Girl at his new nightclub—call her back to New York City.

But everything she’s known in New York has changed…and that might even include the men she once thought were her friends.

When a new, ambitious gangster threatens to take over the old neighborhood, bringing devastation to the poor families who live there, Mia can’t ignore the bonds that tie her to the underworld way of life that killed her brother and set her upon a merciless, bloody path of revenge.

With her brother’s widow, her niece, and a mysterious, devoted bodyguard at her side, Mia must reclaim her position as head of her dead brother’s business, establish herself as the reigning queen among the princes of the Lower East Side, and make the ultimate decision: who lives, and who must die.


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